Nevermind, Sinbad's is cancelled this month. If any kind souls out there want to sign me up at Lottie's, that'd be great, but I won't hold my breath. Sorry to clutter up this page for what wound up being no good reason at all.
I know it's different for everyone, but about how long can you expect to be doing open mics before you start getting booked for some showcases? And how often should you be doing them for that period of time (i.e. 3x a week for 6 mos., etc.) Is there a point when you'd say you should give up?
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First of all, I'm hardly qualified to dispense advice, and everything is different for everybody, and I don't even like hearing other people give advice. But...
You should do as many mics as possible, which here means nearly every night, sometimes multiple times a night. This is the only way to get good and the only way to meet people. These are the two most important aspects of getting booked.
If you're still not getting booked after that, maybe you're actually a ghost and this is how you find out. I'm sorry you had to hear it from me.
Well, I finally moved in about 2 weeks ago, and I'm pretty much settled in at my new place. I live in the Rogers Park area. I took all of my old jokes I used in TN, and threw 'em all away(they weren't that great to begin with). I feel like starting fresh in a new city.
Any suggestions for some fun mics around Chicago? I'll probably just attend for a week, and get a feel for how they're run, and the next week I'll try and get onstage. Anyways, any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
If you're going as a spectator, I'd recommend Cole's on Wednesdays or Shit Show on Mondays. Both are run by some of the best comics in the city and are generally pretty well-run. Once you start doing mics in the city, just do 'em all, they're all worthwhile.
Hope to see you around! I'll be the faggy-looking kid mostly keeping to himself.
On Tuesdays, you've got quality mics as well, 7-10 Lounge and Lotties Pub. Both are great mics whether you are new or a seasoned comic.
Also take a look it at this list for a great selection of a lot of mics this city has to offer. And it's up to date! As the others have mentioned, going to as many rooms as possible is key!
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Pressure still does their open mic, right? Thinking of hitting that up next time I'm in town.
Also, anyone who wants to sign up for C4: not a ton of spots left. I'd do it soon, because Round One is Sept. 8th.
Lebovitz won it last year, taking home $1000 cash. Keep the Chicago win streak going!
Anyone make it to the last open mic at the Edge? Any mics on Thursdays now that it's done?
What showcases are on Tuesday nights again? I'm going to be in town on 9/6 and looking to do some shows and catch Lotties late.
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The Holiday Club isn't really a mic, but more if a karaoke bar that will sacrifice its mic to a comic for 5-10 minute stretches. Not a super conducive environment, but it's fun nonetheless. Red, who runs it, let me do two sets in one night last time I went, so there's that.
Oh thanks, Travesty. I was actually looking for a showcase to hop on for a longer set. I'll check that list out though.
Hey Party People,
The Chaser is coming back to ComedySportz, starting this coming Monday. It's an open mic that starts between 9:30 and 10pm after our showcase, 100 Proof Comedy. Our showcase is booked for the rest of the year, but at each open mic, we let the audience vote for their favorite stand-up, who then gets booked to do a short set at the following week's showcase.
It's a fun space. I'd love to see you guys out there.